MET is a highly-regarded resource for electrical inspection agencies within the United States and Canada to assure compliance of unlabeled equipment in the field. Field evaluations are performed by MET Laboratories on unlisted equipment to support the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
Equipment that does not bear a label from a third party product safety testing laboratory may present hazards such as:
- Mechanical Hazards
- Energy Hazards
- Chemical Hazards
- Radiation Hazards
The requirements for listing or labeling equipment are not only a local requirement, but a U.S. federal requirement under the workplace guidelines promulgated by OSHA. This rule is contained in 29CFR, Part 1910.303.
MET's field inspection services are fully compliant to NFPA 790, Standard for Competency of Third-Party Field Evaluation Bodies and NFPA 791, Recommended Practice and Procedures for Unlabeled Electrical Equipment Evaluation. In addition, MET is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to act as an inspection body for product safety field inspections in Canada, and is fully compliant to SPE-1000-09 - Model code for the field evaluation of electrical equipment.
Here is how MET responds to a field inspection request:
- MET field inspectors are in contact with you within 24 hours of your call.
- Electrical inspectors are notified.
- The field evaluation is performed on equipment to assess the hazards in accordance with the U.S. standard or the Canadian standard for the specific category of equipment.
- MET will explain what modifications are needed – if any – to bring the equipment into compliance with the inspection requirements.
- Once the equipment is determined to be compliant with the requirements, the final report will be issued quickly.
- A copy of the inspection report is provided to the AHJ for the necessary approval in accordance with the requirement of the N.E.C./C.E.C.
- A serialized MET label is affixed to the equipment after it is determined the product complies with the standard.
Founded in 1959, MET Laboratories provides testing and certification for United States, Canadian and international markets, and has top-notch qualifications:
- U.S.'s first Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for Product Safety Certification.
- SCC-accredited as an Inspection Body for Product Safety in Canada.
- Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB) for FCC Compliance
- National Certification Body (NCB) for Global Product Safety
For more information, contact Mike Baldwin, Manager of Field Operations, by email or phone: 410.354.3300
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MET is available to present an on-site Electrical Product Safety Seminar. This seminar provides assistance and guidelines for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) with updates on the requirements of the NEC as they relate to mandatory equipment certification. MET's Product Safety Seminar will assist inspection authorities with these and other issues related to uncertified equipment they encounter in the field.
A request for MET Laboratories' Product Safety Seminar to be given at your facility should be sent to Mike Baldwin.
Assurer la conformité de l'équipement non marqué sur terrain.
Some of MET's Field Testing customers:
Air Products and Chemicals
“On Monday afternoon, we learned that equipment we were moving had to be certified. MET arrived the next morning. We were able to maintain production with minimal disruptions, ensuring that we could continue to meet and exceed customer commitments.”